Report: Diamondbacks Interested in Trading for Nate Schierholtz

Nate Schierholtz turned in a career year for the Cubs last season and the Cubs might be able to turn another short-term asset into a long-term asset. Nick Piercoro reported on Monday that Kevin Towers is looking for an outfield bat and Nate Schierholtz might be an option the Diamondbacks pursue.

According to Jon Paul Morosi, Towers has interest in trading for Nate Schierholtz.

Nate Schierholtz is arbitration eligible for one more season. The Cubs signed Schierholtz to a one-year, $2.25 million contract last winter that included a $500,000 incentives package after he was non-tendered by the Phillies. Schierholtz should receive a nice bump in pay to around $4 million for the 2014 season.

Schierholtz put together a .251/.301/.470 line with a career-best .770 OPS. Schierholtz tied a career-high in games played (137) while setting career marks in plate appearances (503), hits (116), doubles (32), home runs (21), RBI (68) and walks (29).

Arizona is looking to add a corner bat, but what the Cubs could receive for the soon-to-be 30-year old outfielder is unknown at this point.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Deal him!

  • Sjw

    Samardzija & Schierholtz to Az for Tyler Skaggs & Archie Bradley….Instantly we have young pitching to match the prospects in the field!!!

    • 07GreyDigger

      That sounds great, but never gonna happen.

    • K_Gripp

      I would be knocked off my feet if the Diamondbacks considered trading Archie Bradley for anyone.

    • Roe Skidmore

      I agree. Shark is a proven entity in majors and compares favorbly with some high priced guys. To trade Shark, you need to get Archie.

      • 07GreyDigger

        Then you won’t be dealing with the Diamondbacks…

        Shark is a good pitcher. Great one? No. Therefore you won’t get a great prospect.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Let’s talk Tyler Skaggs:

    age 22. Just a young man.
    So far, his limited MLB experience has not been lights out:
    13 starts…5.12 ERA…

    He throws his fastball in the low-to-mid 90s and complements it with a money curveball.
    Skaggs’ velocity slipped by a few mph September 2012, prompting the Diamondbacks to shut him down with about two weeks left in the season. Over the winter, Skaggs committed himself to a more stringent workout program to ensure that he has more staying power in 2013.

    Skaggs’ curveball is his best weapon, profiling as a 65-70 pitch on the 20-80 scale. At 76-77 MPH, the pitch featured big, true 12/6 break and late biting action. In short, it’s a “bat-misser.” This movement was combined with an uncanny ability to command the pitch to both sides of the plate for his age. Add in his nearly identical arm speed to his fastball and tendency to attack hitters with the pitch and I’m left with no choice but to rate Skaggs’ curveball as the best I’ve seen at the minor league level – period.

    Turning to Skaggs’ fastball, it sat in the 90-92 MPH range, touching 93 on several occasions and 94 once during the innings I was behind home plate. When down in the zone, the pitch featured a touch of late downward life, but flattened out considerably when above the belt. Unfortunately, Skaggs worked up far too often in this particular outing, leading to a number of hard hit balls and multiple home runs. Skaggs showed occasional ability to paint the corners including some classic lefty tailing action to the outside corner against righties, but COMMAND on the whole was in the AVERAGE AT BEST.

    There you have it.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      At 22, he should be throwing harder………upper 90’s…….
      if Theo did trade Nat this winter for pitching, imagine our outfield on Opening Day…..Lake, BJax & Sweeney……..
      By August, we should see Baez, Almora & Soler roaming in our outfield……..and maybe Szczur in the back up roll.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Don’t forget Brian Bogusevic.

        • Roe Skidmore

          Like him better than BJax . Does Vitters have a chance to stick as RH OF bat?

          • Ripsnorter1

            A chance? Yes. Maybe.
            Not a sure thing at all.

            He’d have to have a “knock ‘em dead” ST.

      • 69cubs

        you won’t see Baez in the OF and neither Soler or Almora will be ready this season

      • Roe Skidmore

        BJax hasn’t shown he is ready to take over centerfield.

        • K_Gripp

          BJax hasnt shown he’s ready to take over CF in Des Moines.

    • cubtex

      I think the Diamondbacks would trade Skaggs for the right deal.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I know they would. He’s Travis Wood, with no guarantee that he’ll snap out of it and finally be able to control his stuff.

        That is why they are looking for starting pitching. They don’t believe in him for 2014.

        • cubtex

          I think they have doubts about him and are looking to move him this offseason for an established starting pitcher.

  • Roe Skidmore

    Saw an interesting story from Jon Heyman from Baseball Insider discussing trade for young pitching with Marlins. Could it expand to include Stanton. Would have to be an old fashioned blockbuster trade.

    • BosephHeyden

      No one on the Marlins is untouchable. So long as Loria calls the shots, anyone on their team could be had. But you get the feeling teams just leave the Marlins alone because, after a while, picking on the kid that won’t fight back isn’t fun.

      • cubtex

        I’ll tell you what. Marlins have a hell of a future with all that young pitching they have(not only in the majors but the minors)

        • K_Gripp

          I will pull out all of my hair if those undeserving fans in Florida get ANOTHER WS championship before we get ours. It’s a cruel world being a Cubs fan.

          • cubtex

            Look at that pitching they have. Wow! I wish the Cubs just had a couple of those arms!

  • Ripsnorter1

    Phillies sign Shawn Camp to blow games.

    • cubtex

      I knew you would love to see that!